Garcinia Cambogia Reviews

In October 2012, Dr. Oz gushed about some exciting research he found about a potentially new weight loss supplement, Garcinia Cambogia. Read our garcinia cambogia reviews from editors and readers.

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Let us preface by saying that Dr. Oz has become the poster child for online supplement scammers, spammers, and affiliates. If you find yourself on a website selling a “miracle” supplement with Dr. Oz plastered all over it, you’re probably better off shopping elsewhere. That said, we wanted to take some time to actually review this product, because Dr. Oz showered it with such praise.

Note: Be sure to read our reviews of other Oz-touted products such as 7-KetoSaffron Extract, or Relora. And don’t miss the other two articles in this series: Comparing Garcinia Cambogia Vendors and Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

About Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia, or “Gambooge,” is a subtropical species of plant native to southeast Asia and Africa. Supplements are created from the fruit’s rind. As this scathing article points out, the supplement has been around for years, and there are studies that indicate it doesn’t work at all.

This study further concluded: Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.

WebMD

Despite the “Holy Grail” status Dr. Oz implied for Garcinia Cambogia, we find other voices, such as WebMD, a little more cautious. Regarding this plant, WebMD writes: Developing research suggests that garcinia might prevent fat storage and control appetite; however, whether these effects occur in humans is unclear. It also lists the supplement as Possibly Ineffective for weight loss.

Taking garcinia fruit rind extract doesn’t seem to decrease weight, fat breakdown, or energy expenditure in overweight people. There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might help people feel full even when eating less, but it’s too early to recommend garcinia for this use.

Side Effects

Garcinia is generally considered safe, but some people have experienced nausea, digestive problems, stomach cramps, and headaches while taking it. There is also some evidence that it may cause liver toxicity. Please see our more extensive article on the possible side effects of garcinia cambogia.

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Other Reviews

There are many brands of Garcinia Cambogia available, and you can find a few reviews scattered on different sites, such as this one or this one on Amazon.com. If you factor in that almost every product on Amazon now has a certain percentage of fake, glowing reviews, the percentage of good to bad reviews on there isn’t impressive. Notice that there are as many 1 to 3 star ratings as there are 4 and 5 star ratings.  A search of GNC finds several Garcinia Cambogia products, but very few reviews as of this writing.

You may be interested in our article on how to select the right brand of garcinia cambogia extract.

Affiliate Marketers

Whenever Dr. Oz gets excited about a new product, affiliate marketers are quick to advertise – often using his name without permission. Garcinia cambogia is no exception. We recently spotted an ad being advertised with a picture of Dr. Oz along with a before-and-after stock photo. This ad linked to a page on smart-lifestyles.net, which has many of the same stock photos and verbiage we saw back in the acai craze of 2009. This affiliate site feeds you over to puregarciniacambogia.com. That site has the fake “almost out of stock” warning, and encourages their “free bottle” which is almost always a miniscule free trial which ends up costing you dearly.

For more info, read our full review of Pure Garcinia Cambogia.

If you want to try Garcinia Cambogia, visit your local health or supplement store. You can compare different brands, and you won’t get stuck in a recurring subscription which may prove difficult to cancel. Also keep in mind that every “miracle pill” Dr. Oz has touted has ended up not being so miraculous.

Bottom Line

This supplement will likely prove to be another in a long line of unproven miracle pills, standing among acai berry, raspberry ketone, African mango, green coffee, and so many others. Each of these supplements have been highly advertised within days of being featured on the Dr. Oz show.

Your Turn

Have you tried Garcinia Cambogia? Give us your reviews in the comments below.

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  • Susan

    I took 2 capsules before breakfast and 2 before lunch, and by dinner, I was cramping, had diahrea 6 times, and violently vomited 3 times. The nausea and pain lasted 4 hours, I had to cancel work the next day. I also was so weak despite eating a little and sipping water, that I slept 12 hours.

    • Alysia Henderson

      Everything I have read has said to only take 2 a day, and you took 4. You took double what you were suppose to…

  • allen

    iv bn taking gac since 1-15-14 i weighed 263 and now im 216 it works .

  • Sue

    I have been taking Garcinia for a little over a week now and after reading some of these comments, I don’t think I’ll be taking anymore. I have noticed only negative results – my weight has gone up, my stomach, legs & backside feel much larger. This is very disheartening given I was almost at my goal weight and now due to Garcinia I feel as though I have gone backwards considerably. I thought I researched Garcinia before buying, but clearly only read the ‘fake’ positives. Buyer beware and make sure you research both the positive & negative results of Garcinia. It appears this is yet another example of false marketing.

  • Samantha

    After hearing about so many good reviews and very few bad reviews simply saying Garcinia Cambogia didnt work for some people I decided to try it. I got a brand called Phytogenix from Walmart and had no side affects. After hearing nothing but good reviews from another company called Lypo G3, though, I decided to try that brand. I got my bottle today and after only two doses, I felt absolutely horrible. I got shaky, nauseous, light headed, ended up throwing up for twenty minutes straight and couldnt even fall asleep to sleep it off. Please to anyone thinking about buying Garcinia Cambogia from Lypo G3, dont!

  • Justsayin2uisall

    I was reading through the comments on here and am SHOCKED by how many people are using cheap WM “blends” of HCA (Garcinia Cambogia). Expect those not to work at best and possibly will have adverse reactions many report.

    READ INGREDIENTS FIRST PEOPLE! You must select a brand that is certified to contain a minimum 60% @ 500 milligrams. It’s fillers like Calcium that is causing nausea. At that high a dose, calcium causes the negative symptoms seen here.

    DON’T BE A “BARGAIN HUNTER” with GC… unless you enjoy getting ripped off. Most quality products certified and regulated by third parties will cost you between $35-$60+ Canadian.

    FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. If the dose you’re taking is LESS than 2500 milligrams daily (1000 milligrams 30-60 minutes before BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER) or greater than 3000 milligrams per day, you will be wasting your money. I absolutely promise.

    I’m starting week 2 of a healthy workout regimen (3-4 times a week with daily walks of 30 minutes or more), am eating much healthier and last week started taking a good quality brand of GC. This is my third day of using GC.

    I’m now eating less-to-no snacks and taking in considerably smaller portions thanks to GC’s “filling” properties. I went from 2800+ calories per day to about 1700 without any effort. I’m never hungry, nor do I crave sweets… at all thus far. I’ve lost slightly more than 2.5 inches off my waste alon last week and will check my weight/measurements at the end of week 2. I feel great and have minimal pain typically associated to stating a moderate-intense workout regimen.

    VERY HAPPY for that alone… but I’ll be able to compare my results more effectively after a full month of workouts/3 weeks of GC. Good luck to everyone on here looking to improve their health!

  • kwani

    I purchased the GC lipo g3 for the 4.99. Read up on it afterwards and seen that it was scamming people. Horrified, I ended up canceling my debit card before my 14 day trial. I took the pills one day… that day being today and not even and hour after taking it I experienced horrible nausea. Its now 2:45 am and I am still nauseous. Not taking anymore. Bottle will be thrown away.

  • Francesca Piazza

    it is. first of all a company that instead of a refund gives a discount is not a serious company. secondly, how can you explain that all these people have so many side effects? it cannot be a coincidence. you’d better quit before it is too late.

  • Francesca Piazza

    I started taking it (Garcinia Cambogia Pure Select) with 50% 1800 mg GC extract, 300 mg Green Tea Leaf, 200 mg of Caffeine about a week ago, and it does absolutely nothing. Luckily the only side effect I have is that it makes me feeling very sleepy (even if it contains caffeine, which is weird), and this is a problem because I need to study! I was on a diet before starting taking it, so I am loosing weight slowly but I do not believe that it is related to GC. It is because I eat healthy and I exercise.
    I actually asked for a refund when I realized that it was all a big lie, but they won’t give you any refund, they will offer you a discount.
    So, people, if you want to boost your metabolism and loose weight, my suggestion is to have a minimum of 30 minutes walk EVERYDAY, which at least 3 times a week should be of at least 45 minutes, and eat healthy (first of all cook instead of buying packed food, so that you know exactly what you are eating; eat pleanty of veggies, especially if raw; use whole grains instead of refined food like pasta or white bread, and anyway do not eat them not in big quantity; do not eat anything fried; use brown sugar instead of white, and, even bette, substitute sugar with honey, apple sauce or maple/agave syrup; limit dairy products, priviledge natural cottage cheese, fat free yogurt, quark, natural fromage frais, parmigiano in small quantities; eat poultry, fish, beans, nuts and seeds as proteins; eat fruits as snacks or at breakfast, but never at the end of meals; drink 2 litres of water/ herbal tea without any sugar every day).

    The most important thing when you want to loose weight, is not rushing.
    Nobody will ever loose 5 kilograms in 2 weeks. It is simply not natural, and not healthy, You could make it by starving and exercising a lot, but what would be the point? In that way you will then re-gain weight as fast as you lost it.
    Secondly: enjoy your meals. Take your time to eat. Never watch television or using your laptop/tablet while you eat. Focus on your plate, and, really, enjoy.
    If your meals do not give you satisfaction, you will always see the diet as a sacrifice, and it will be much more difficult.

    And…try to smile :-)

  • Jane

    I bought the stuff thinking that it could really accelerate my losing 15 pounds. I tried it for two weeks and the only result I got was the most terrible case of gas I have ever had in my life.

    It was just awful. I was farting 30-40 times a day and it smelled like a took a huge dump in my pants. I would not recommend this product to anyone and Dr. Oz has lost all credibility with me.

    I’ll continue losing weight the old fashioned way with a healthy diet and exercise.

  • waffles

    Hi there and thanks for your comment. Have you tried to dispute the charge with your bank?

  • Arlene

    Is there’s a government agency that handles complaints like this? This is clearly a scam. FBI? Consumer Affairs?

  • waffles

    The first sentence of your comment is absolutely brilliant.

  • Lucy

    Hi Greg, I look to add an appetite suppresant because I can’t exercise at all for medical reasons, and even when I eat only healthy fruit vegetables, no processed foods, lean oprotein or beans, lentils etc I still put on weight. Adding 4 appetite suppresant pills is not the same as adding food, and your comment is then followed by saying you add a protein shake. For me I am an emotional eating caused by abuse in my childhood, my body has been affected by a severe condition for 16 yrs so I cannot exercise, I am mostly sedentary. It’s all very well to go the way you are if you are normally healthy, but I’ m not, and neither are others. I am now only 22kg overweight, but at my age and health condition that causes me real problems. I put that weight on because of my health condition and it took me 6 yrs to get off 10 kgs(22lb) but can go no further without a miracle. I vew this weight as life shortening and considerably limits my quality of life. Of course I will keep looking for something that will help. CambogiaTrim has stopped cravings and suppressed my apetite considerably. Even though I eat only the very healthy stuff it is hatd to have a sevetely reduced life and cope with constant cravings. On this product I have lost 7.5lbs in 2 weeks and still losing, and coping with the food easily. I will keep going as long as I can to get the full 22kgs off.

  • Lucy

    No it’s not, he’s adding a protein shake,and that’s a lot more calories than a few pills.

  • waffles

    Well the protein shake wasn’t in his first sentence :-)

  • Anthony

    Absolutely correct! People expect to consume pre packaged garbage, pop a pill and be fabulous overnight! Last miracle was >2000 years ago and this crap isn’t a new one. Eat fresh food – leave out the cheese topping for crying out loud – get some exercise ( walk to your green grocer!) and Bingo! Not a miracle, just what your body expects.

  • waffles

    Hey Sheryl! Results do appear to vary considerably among our readers.

  • waffles

    You commented on a different article – not this one :-) Take a look here.

  • Bajajab

    These do not work long term either…I had an allergic reaction to them and could not get my money back

  • Nessa

    I’ve been using it works products for 6 months and haven’t ha any Luck with any of it. No inches loss with more than 20 wraps used.

  • Kimmiebell

    I have also gained weight taking pure garcinia cambogia for a month now. I also have noticed being more gassy with an almost constant rumbly belly. I didn’t expect it to be a miracle drug, but I had really hoped it would help! I’m going to send the bottles back for a refund!

  • Melissa

    All these negative comments are enough for me. Not wasting my money on this one! Hcg I will say did work, but the diet is restrictive.

  • Sheela

    I had exactly the same experience in being charged for 5 bottles (meaning the 2 “free” bottles are not really free). They then offered a 50% discount, which I am yet to be credited! It’s been 2 weeks and bottles are yet to arrive!

  • Kiley

    What websites did you order your “free” trials from? I did naturalgarciniacambogia.net and they just charged me $200 !!! Help!

  • Louise

    I bought the same product and then thought it was a scam. They hadn’t shown up after about 3 weeks and my local GNC got it in stock. I bought a bottle for $23.95 and got home and The Miracle Garcinia had shown up. I’m trying the GNC stuff first and will see how it goes.

  • tessa

    the same thing happened to me!
    I havent received mine yet but would love to know how you go

  • Amanda

    I ordered my “free” bottle from the same site/advertisement. Only I received five bottles and was billed over $150. I’ve tried to call repeatedly but the same pre recorded message comes on. Even the same song while on hold loops and never changes or ends. It’s like a blinking contest. I’ve not had a reply from my emails either.

    I believe this product is called Original Garcinia Cambogia.

    Like many others here I feel scammed and ripped off before I even started taking the product. Wondered if I could resell myself on eBay or something, though I would never recoup what I’ve lost.

    Like you I don’t typically jump on the wagon so quickly, but I’ve fallen for the free bottle offer before . . . The Acaí berry product still sits in my vitamin cabinet from a couple of years ago.

  • Kristie

    the same thing happened to me Shirely, i ordered one bottle for $24 and was charged $131.95.
    I was not impressed and they told it me it was too late as they had already processed my order.
    All of the reviews I read were excellent so I sucked it up but after being on here I have the sinking feeling I have been conned into something that wont even work :(

  • Wendy

    I was looking on one of the articles on fb that a friend had posted and wanted to find out more about it, but wasn’t intending to purchase the product. I watched the Oz video and thought I’d see about the free sample that was as you said 4.95 for shipping. I read all the fine print and no other costs showed. So I ordered it and used my cc. The confirmations showed my 4.95 and address but at the bottom of the page the type was blurry. So I clicked on that. Then found as you say, I would be sent 4 bottles and be charged $145. I immediately sent them an email (no reply) and phoned them. They said my order had already been processed and I would have to wait for it and send them back. That was 3 weeks ago. They actually arrived yesterday. However, as soon as I got off the phone from them I called my cc company to cancel my card and told them the situation. We’ll see what happens from there. I have not been charged and I phoned and emailed them that I refused the product and do not send it. Yikes!

  • melissa

    That happened to me also I bought it and it don’t even work for me I eont want it again I hope they don’t keep sending me stuff and I am not a satisfied customer they need to ne more polite to people its wrong